OWL Aims To Be The World’s First Drop-in filter Adapter Reducing Costs and Improving Workflow

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One of the best features of mirrorless cameras is the ability to use DSLR lenses. But when using DSLR lenses you immediately fall into one of the flaws of the DSLR lens system: filter design. The mix of filter thread sizes, ‘regular’, thin and extra thin filters and lenshood interaction makes you with there was a better solution.

Owl, “The World First Drop-in filter Adapter” aims to solve the filter problem for mirrorless once and for all with their new indiegogo. Most DSLR to mirrorless adapters are simply a hollow tube pushing the lens away from the camera. They are strong enough to carry a lens, while moving the electric contacts needed for focusing and feedback from the camera bayonet to the adapter bayonet. Owl simply makes a clever use of that space, adding a drop-in filter slot.

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Let These Mystical Photos Transport You To A Land Full Of Enchanting Fairytales

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A little creativity goes a long way when it comes to photography, and creativity is something that seems to be an endless resource to Ukraine born photographer, Anya Stoyan. Browsing through her portfolio of images, you feel as though you’ve been transposed into all those magical and mythical lands you recall so vividly from your childhood. For Stoyan, who works under the Anita Anti moniker, that’s a major part of what her photography is intended to reveal. Storytelling, of course, comes naturally to the artist, and her command on establishing mood and atmosphere to assist in that becomes more and more evident the further you dig into her collection of portraits.  [Read more...]

This Flow Motion Video Will Blow Your Mind. Guaranteed.

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Forget everything you know about the word ‘amazing’ as this flow motion video of Dubai has just redefined the word.

Using his signature flow motion technique, filmmaker Rob Whitworth shows us once again why he is one of the most prominent time-lapsers these days.

This jaw-dropping video joins Whitworth’s incredible flow motion video of Barcelona and is sure to become an all time favorite.

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Canon Set To Take Over Video Surveillance Industry With A $2.8 Billion Purchase

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Eager to strengthen its market share in the growing industry, the Japanese giant has made an offer to buy all shares of Swedish network video surveillance leader, Axis. Should the deal go through, it will be Canon’s biggest purchase to date.

This move is a natural step forward after Canon purchased Milestone Systems, a company providing video management software in the network video surveillance business, in June 2014.

Canon is not the only well known camera manufacturer to enter the field of video surveillance, with several dominant brands also looking to diversify their income streams.

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How ‘Do What You Love’ Can Be A Realistic Career Option

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To quote a recent article I read titled “Do What You Love” Is Horrible Advice:It’s easy to confuse a hobby or interest for a profound passion that will result in career and business fulfillment. The reality is, that type of preexisting passion is rarely valuable.”

Um…no.

If you haven’t read that article go ahead and take a trip over there when you get a chance…or not, if you’d rather not be fuming the rest of the day. The author is a great writer, with many other fantastic articles, but this one was just so…wildly inaccurate. I tried to just label it as one of those unfortunate things orbiting the internet, but it was just gnawing at me. How many potential artists are out there now, squashing their dreams because they’re reading fear-mongering articles like this on the internet?

Well hopefully not a lot, but still, the thought of some teenage kid selling his guitar because too many people told him music was a “hobby” and not a career choice just kills me. He’s a teenager. Anything is a career choice.

Of course people are all entitled to their own opinions, right?

Exactly, which is why I’m going to spout mine off right now.

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Justin Bieber’s Defense For Running Over A Paparazzo: “He Refused To Move”, And I Don’t Blame Him

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The singer’s lawyers have requested to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed by paparazzo Walter Lee who claims he was hit by Bieber’s Ferarri back in 2013, arguing it was Lee’s fault.

A video of the incident leaves some doubt as to the paparazzo’s claims and will kind of make you hate anyone holding a camera.

Meanwhile, Bieber tried avoiding a visit to the courthouse in another paparazzi-related lawsuit, claiming it would be too expensive for him to show up.

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LensRentals Bust Open The Canon 100-400 IS L Mk II Teardown, Naming it “Best Built Lens Ever?”

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Lenses come and go and as we move on we move higher up the lens latter, but according to the Canon 100-400 IS L Mk II teardown post from LensRentals, Roger Cicala is so happy with the build of this lens that it may very well earn the “Best Built Lens Ever” title.

Of course, LensRentals have to fix their own lenses after coming back and having gone through abuse, so Roger is both experienced and equipped to open a $2,200 lens, I would not try this at home.

Roger goes through taking the lens apart step by step starting with the tripod foot and ending with the optical elements. Here are some f the thoughts that will ease you into shelling out the extra $500 from the previous version:

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Planning A Trip To The Museum? Not With That Selfie Stick You’re Not

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When it comes to selfie sticks, there seem to be two kinds of people: those who love them and those who despise them. Maybe I’m going out on a limb here, but seeing as how you’re here on a photography website, I’m willing put my money on you not being too fond of them. And, if I’m right, then we’re both in luck. Museums across the United States are beginning to enforce a selfie stick ban that prohibits visitors from using the obnoxious arm extenders within the museum’s walls.

As much as I’m convinced museums want to admit they’re enforcing the ban to “respect artistry” (thanks Kanye) and the actual artists whose work is being exhibited, most museums are taking the politically correct route and citing the inherent safety concerns of carefree tourists recklessly parading around priceless art exhibits with an 3-foot long stick protruding from their persons. Fair enough, I suppose, but it doesn’t make it any less painful to report that many museums and galleries actually promote the taking of selfies (sans selfie stick, of course), especially if you’re a celebrity like Katy Perry or Beyonce and Jay-Z. [Read more...]

Gotham City SF Features Entrancing Black And White Footage Of The City By The Bay

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Outside of pushing resolution to all new heights, a lot of the techniques being used in timelapse photography at the moment are somewhat stale. That’s why it’s always refreshing to see a departure from the norm surface in the vast pool of timelapse videos. Toby Harriman’s Gotham City SF is just that. We’re used to seeing cityscapes and San Francisco, the beautiful town it is, is a frequent muse to photographers. Harriman, however, spent well over a year looking at the city in monochrome from all different perspectives.

And if all that fancy camera work isn’t enough for you, it’s paired with an incredible soundtrack that was composed by a very gifted 14 year old composer by the name of James Everingham[Read more...]